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Black Canary drop EP 2, announce band is splitting

I don't get much time to read graphic novels these days, but when DC Comics reinvented Black Canary as the frontwoman of a band, I was instantly intrigued. The band was brought to life with an EP release in 2016, which was easily one of the best releases of the year. Now the three-piece band are back with EP 2, and it packs all the power and amazing songwriting that made the first release so great. Caveboy frontwoman Michelle Bensimon is the voice for the Black Canary band, and her dynamic vocals continue as the stunning centrepiece to the music.

Black Canary band and project is now over

Sadly it seems the three-track EP will be the band's last release. Series writer Brenden Fletcher said the project is now wrapped up:

"The Black Canary comic book series was always meant to feature a musical component. Though we weren’t able to combine both mediums when the books hit the stands, I’m really glad we were able to work with DC Comics to complete the project and get the music out in time to celebrate the character’s 70th Anniversary."

Series artist Annie Wu also suggested the Black Canary project is at an end while discussing the EP 2 artwork.

"The EP2 art is a cover idea I had kicking around in my head for ages. But I never found the right time to break it out during our Black Canary run. I'm glad I finally got it out of my system, the last of my unfinished business in this realm."

The '80s synthpop throwback we didn't know we needed

The three-track EP 2 spans just over 12 minutes and was dropped as a surprise release on Friday. I know I'm lucky to get a second release but damn I'm already wishing it was longer.

Joseph Donovan returned to write and produce the band's second EP, and his distinct production is at the core of both releases. It's very much an '80s sound, influenced by post-punk and synthpop. The music has gained comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy. This may explain my slight obsession with the band. In a recent interview Donovan said he was a natural fit for writing for a comic book band:

"I've always been attracted to weird, unnatural, and other-worldly sounds. So writing music for a comic book band that exists in a sci-fi/fantasy world is a good fit for me. A lot of the music that we reference and are influenced by in Black Canary is produced in such a way as to transcend the everyday experience; It's bigger, smokier and more magical than the ordinary world. And so things aren't necessarily supposed to sound real or organic or even inviting. But it is unquestionably pop music. 

The Black Canary releases actually sound very organic to my ear. There's a lot of real instruments mixed in with the programmed beats, and the performances haven't been edited into robot-like precision like so much pop music these days. Again it no doubt comes back to the 80s influence, before everything could be Pro-Tooled to death.